Hi Buckeye fans. I'm a Penn State grad that is sick and tired of the recent actions (and inaction in some cases) of the NCAA and its President, Mark Emmert. Regardless of whether you agree with the punishment against PSU, most can agree that bypassing NCAA procedures and then extorting the PSU President to sign a consent degree was clearly inappropriate action by Emmert. I've been to Columbus on a number of occasions and my Ohio State friends there have always expressed their frustration at the lack of consistency in how the NCAA handled punishment related to the tattoo incident.
Recently, the University of Miami investigative fiasco further exposed the NCAA's disorganization and failed leadership within the organization. The shocking revelation that the NCAA had blatantly engaged in improper investigative practice followed on the heels of the University of North Carolina embarrassment, where the NCAA turned a blind eye to alleged academic fraud.
So, I've personally had enough of watching the hypocrite Mark Emmert damage the reputation of our universities while failing to fulfill his mission within his own institution. I started a change.org petition to demand the termination of Emmert by the NCAA Board of Directors. Please take a minute and join THIS ONLINE PETITION and make sure to share it with your friends! We're over 600 signatures already, please join the cause and help me get to 1,000 petitions.
I've copied in the text of the petition below:
In light of the recent embarrassing and blatantly inappropriate internal failures of the NCAA in the University of Miami pay-for-play investigation, we as fans, alumni and supporters of college athletics are petitioning for the termination of Mark Emmert as President of the NCAA. Throughout Emmert's tenure as President of the NCAA, the organization has failed miserably in its mission to promote and protect the "student-athlete." A listed of the organization’s recent failures was appropriately stated by college football guru Stewart Mandel from CNNSI,
"Remember the Cam Newton "loophole?" That was a good one. How about Ohio State's Tattoo Five being allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl thanks to some obscure waiver? Thank goodness they protected the "integrity" of a game that was later vacated. Last year, in a shameless abuse of power, Emmert shucked any notion of precedent or protocol in doling out his own personal Penn State penalties. The state of Pennsylvania is filing a suit over that one. Meanwhile, last fall, an NCAA investigator was reportedly fired after her boyfriend blabbed to a fellow airplane passenger about her pursuit of UCLA basketball freshman Shabazz Muhammad (he was reinstated shortly thereafter), while a Los Angeles judge ripped the organization for its "malicious" treatment of former USC running backs coach Todd McNair (implicated in the Reggie Bush case)."
Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130123/ncaa-miami-investigation-mark-emmert/#ixzz2Ivk1w1b4
Ironically, Mandel even omitted what may have been one of the organization’s most embarrassing failures, which relates to the heart of the NCAA mission: inaction and excuses as a response to alleged football related academic fraud at the University of North Carolina. As the leader of this dysfunctional association, Emmert must assume responsibility for the numerous failed investigations. In any organization, an inability to adhere to stated procedures, failure to implement the mission and reckless abuse of power are symptoms of failed leadership. To begin the restoration of the student-athlete brand, we call for a change in leadership of the NCAA. Remove Mark Emmert from power.
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